Federer, Nadal advance at Indian Wells

Indian Wells, Mar 14 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 3/14/2019 12:15:29 PM IST

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal stayed on course for a semi-final showdown in the desert after making the last eight at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Wednesday.

Fourth seed Federer, who is chasing a record sixth title in the desert, breezed to victory against Edmund 6-1 6-4.

The Briton suffered a chastening first experience of playing the Swiss 37-year-old and although he gave a better account of himself in the second set, Federer was always in control and wrapped up the win in 63 minutes. He was 5-0 down before he won a game, but Federer comfortably closed the set out. The second set was a closer affair, but Federer broke in the fifth game after a forehand winner down the line set up two break points.

Federer was tested in the final game as Edmund had three break points, but Federer saved them all and booked his place in a 13th Indian Wells quarter-final when Edmund sent a forehand into the net.

Next up for Federer is Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz who continued his winning run having already knocked out Kei Nishikori by edging past Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 6-3 to reach his first Masters 1000 quarter-final. 

Nadal continued his ruthless form as he bombed down seven aces and his way to beating Filip Krajinovic 6-3 6-4. The Spanish second seed lost his serve just once in the match on a sunny and windy Wednesday in California.

“The difference between players is not huge. It’s small gaps,” Nadal said about the upsets on Tuesday, including the surprise exit of world No 1 Novak Djokovic. “Is true that for the last 10 years didn’t happen very often.” He’ll face Karen Khachanov next after the Russian won the clash of Masters 1000 champions with John Isner 6-4 7-6 (7-1).

Teenager Andreescu crushes Muguruza

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu crushed two-times Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza 6-0 6-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The 18-year-old tournament wildcard won 83 percent of her first serve points, more than double that of the 20th-seeded Spaniard, and converted five of her seven break-point opportunities in the 52-minute blow out.

Andreescu smashed a forehand winner on match point to seal the win and smiled before shaking the hand of the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon champion. Andreescu has grown familiar with victory of late with Wednesday’s success her 26th win of the year.

Next up for the world No 60 is a meeting with sixth-seed Elina Svitolina who beat Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets.


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